Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Denmark, a nation in Northern Europe consisting of the peninsula of Jutland and 443 named islands, 74 of which are inhabited.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 37:27-28 NRSV
Depart from evil, and do good;
so you shall abide forever.
For the Lord loves justice;
he will not forsake his faithful ones.
The righteous shall be kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
Prayer for Peace
God of Peace,
May we find your peace present around us in this Temple dedicated to peace, reconciliation and healing of the spirit. As we journey inward, we see your peace in a grove of trees. We hear your peace in a burning bush. We know your peace in a parent’s welcome.
We are reminded of Jesus’ cruel death at the hands of civil and religious authorities. And yet, there is peace, somehow, in the shadow of the cross, in the beauty of a flower, in the tree of life. Still our lives yearn for mercy, for love, for knowing you. On the inward journey of peace, we often pass through the dark night of the soul. We thirst for you. We can experience your peace in a single drop of living water.
We are present God. We are here. May your peace wash over us and inspire us. May we dwell daily in your house of peace forever. And yet we hear the call:
The call to an outward journey of peace. We are called to share the peace of Christ the redeemer as if to a world of wheat: white and ready for harvest. We shall leave this place. Though leaving may feel like we are pressing against impossibly heavy barriers, yet the doorway of peace is light. We live in our tiny dot in a plaza of nations. We pray peace for the nations, including that nation which we especially pray for today.
May we live into our dedication and be unified as people committed to peace, reconciliation and healing of the spirit. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 647 in Community of Christ Sings, “The Peace of the Earth.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 647.
Prayers of the People
As we enter a time of guided prayer, meditation, and musical reflection, you are invited to offer silent prayers or meditate during the moments of quiet. The Prayers of the People this day begin with ourselves and then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Denmark, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.